Archie Strang
Personal information
Full name Archibald William Strang
Nickname(s) Archie
Date of birth (1887-06-28)28 June 1887
Place of birth Beaconsfield, Western Australia
Date of death 18 September 1962(1962-09-18) (aged 75)
Place of death Fremantle, Western Australia
Playing career
Years Club Games (Goals)
1906–1923 East Fremantle 241 (50)
1911 Western Australia 4 (0)
Career highlights
  • 6x WAFL Premiership player 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1914, 1918.
  • East Fremantle life member
  • East Fremantle Hall of Fame member

Archibald William Strang (28 June 1887 – 18 September 1962) was an Australian football player in the Western Australian Football League (WAFL).

Early life

Strang was born to Jane (née Goodall) and Mathew Archibald Strang in Beaconsfield, Western Australia.

Strang began his junior football career playing with Midland Locos Football Club and East Fremantle Juniors.

Football career

Football match Fremantle Oval 1910
Football match Fremantle Oval 1910

In 1906, at 18 years of age he made his seniors debut with East Fremantle Football Club.

Strang was described as being rugged and big-hearted,[1] with great football brains[2] and whilst beginning his career on the wing being able to play any position.[3]

Strang represented East Fremantle for 18 seasons, playing 241 games and kicking 50 goals from 1906 till 1923. He played in a record 13 grand finals for six premierships in 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1914,and 1918.[4] This remains the most grand final appearances by any WAFL player.

He represented Western Australia in four games. This was limited as Western Australia did not play interstate games during the First World War or in the years following.[5]

After retiring he became a trainer at East Fremantle.

Strang is life member of the East Fremantle Football Club and was inducted into the inaugural East Fremantle Football Club Hall of Fame.[6]

Personal life

Strang married Amy Beresford in Fremantle on 8 December 1915.

Their son Archibald Charles Strang would also become an Australian football player and coach in the Western Australian Football League.

Strang died in Fremantle 18 September 1962.

References

  1. ^ "East Fremantle Football Club, 40 years of history".
  2. ^ "Warhorse Strang: Still has a kick".
  3. ^ "The Thinning Ranks: East Fremantle's Stalwarts".
  4. ^ "WAFL Grand Final Facts".
  5. ^ "Australian Football Players: Archie Strang".
  6. ^ "East Fremantle Football Club 2012 Annual Report".